Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

There's the pretty widely used tag.

And then there's the slightly lesser user .

In my opinion those two are exactly the same, but I don't have the score to suggest a synonym.

One question is where to take the Tag Wiki from. They both have reasonably complete tag wikis that are similar but not identical (personally I find the one from a little bit more informative, but that's probably because I'm a sucker for hyperlinks).

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by CRABOLO, Martijn Pieters, gnat, ɥʇǝS, rene Dec 2 '14 at 20:36

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – CRABOLO, Martijn Pieters, gnat, ɥʇǝS, rene
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

There are 2 contexts in which "hash" is used 1) Cryptographic hashing (and related hash functions) 2) Hash table. Do we need to disambiguate the 2 meanings? – nhahtdh Sep 5 '12 at 16:08
The plural of the two tags clearly has the superior wiki. – Lix Sep 5 '12 at 16:08
@nhahtdh: there's cryptographichashfunction which should probably be renamed to cryptographic-hash. Both of those uses share common properties, so I think a shared tag (together with more specific tags, where appropriate) is the correct solution. – Joachim Sauer Sep 5 '12 at 16:46
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The tag excerpts used from the tags are the following:

A hash function is any well-defined procedure or mathematical function that converts a large amount of data into a small datum, usually a single integer.

Hashing is a mathematical operation which generates a fixed length "signature" or "hash value" characteristic of some input data. Hashes are used in cryptography, lookup tables, passwords, as checksums, data validation, data comparison, and many other uses.

Both the tags are thought to be used for the same purpose, apparently.
is not used to mean the result of the operation of hashing; even if that would be the meaning (which is not what the tag wiki says), I don't think there is the need to make a distinguish between the result of the operation, and the operation itself.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .